TED: Technology , Entertainment and Design

26 03 2009

There’s one question people ask me a lot : Dude where do you get your inspiration from?

Well, the answer is quite simple;  I can get inspired by anything and everything around me. You can say i’m one of those romantic fools who finds poetry all around them.  Everything I interact with is interpreted in terms of  FEELING first. Of course there are more specific forms of inspiration and I’ll be talking about some of them in future blog posts. One more accessible source of inspiration is undoubtedly the internet. As I mentioned in my previous post, The fascinating world of design, there are some sites that i have to visit everyday. 

One of those site include TED.com. For those who don’t know, here’s a definition of TED from the official website itself:

” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. 

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. 

The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.”

TED is just amazing. It’s like being exposed to downpour of information and creative ideas. There are some videos I just love. Like the talk from Sir Ken Robinson on Do Schools Kill Creativity. Of course everything is available on their website : http://www.ted.com  and also on YouTube. 

These guys know what they are talking about. I mean they are not just random people, but scholars, doctors , gurus in their respective fields, even nobel prize winners. I make it a must to listen to at least one of their talks everyday. It makes you adopt a more “out of the box” thinking attitude and I think we need a lot of that. And the topics they chose are extraordinarily diverse. Ranging from neuro surgery to 3d modeling or even culinary arts. 

Anyways, I have to get back to watch another Ted fascinating video about the dodo 🙂

Cheers and stay tuned 🙂

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26 03 2009
$3|v3n

My views of it is that … the TED stuffs just seems GREAT.
Am really in phase for that. Really, why should someone be forced to learn something when he is good for something else and if directed well in that other something else, he will flourish.

I really love Ken Robinson’s talk! Actually.. i feel that TED’s goal somewhat has what my philosophy of what human being should be in common. I always believed that the reason human is alive, is to evolve, and make other things around evolve.. rather than stagnate and live a life of repetition! All this will be possible only if ppl are allowed to live their life and express their creativity and passion. I guess that’s why i don’t like society also… coz it tends to force you off the track of freedom and hence lead you to live a life other than what you are meant to be.

nice post. Really, i enjoyed those videos a lot.

28 03 2009
Comedy

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